I made a really lovely clutch bag under Tracy’s expert and patient tuition.
Hope to do another course with her in the future.
Review for leather workshop that took place on 18th April 2021
I found the workshop on a website as geographically nearish to New Quay in Wales, where I had planned our holiday. I found communicating with Tracy pleasant and understanding as it was not quite certain at the time, if our holiday to Wales could take place due to Covid.
Luckily Covid permitted our holiday and my “special birthday” treat of attending the leather workshop with my husband.
We made a new dog collar for our irregularly shaped Staffi-Whippet cross rescue dog and my husband made a belt for me.
I found Tracy to be very patient with me and my neurodiverse ways and empowered me to do much of the collar for myself, after she had made a card template. She offered to help me out, time to time and encouraged me to just try it out and not worry about trying to be perfect. The end result was a collar that looks great and my sense of achievement of having made it. The leather is of an excellent quality and I think our dog finds it very comfortable.
Tracy helped my husband to utilise a bit of my old belt ( that had been rendered useless by said dog via chewing) to bling the new collar further with colour and embossing her name and doggy bones.
My husband found the process of making me a belt very rewarding too.
Tracy was very knowledgeable about different types of leather and the tanning processes both traditional and more environmentally friendly. Furthermore, we now know why some leather is cheaper and so I am equipped to make more informed choices as to encouraging more environmentally friendly tanning processes.
Tracy promotes environmentally sustainable leather. She uses leather waste from furniture making, thereby minimising carbon footprint.
The workshop was done in Covid Secure way and we had a tea break with delicious cake freshly made by Tracy.
I would thoroughly recommend making a leather product and Tracy’s Coterie Leather Bags workshop to do that.
My only regret is that I forgot to ask to purchase some of her free range duck eggs as I left.
I have just spent the most enjoyable day making my own sneakers. The studio was well equipped with plenty of choice of leather and hides. Tracy's tuition was excellent and relaxed, inspiring confidence.
I was delighted with the result and was able to wear them immediately. They are very soft and comfortable. Thank you Tracy.
I have taken Tracy’s sneaker workshop and really enjoyed myself. The communication beforehand was helpful and the choice of leathers on arrival was really great. Tracy explained everything well and the homemade Barabrith was delicious. The end result was a super pair of sneakers. I wore them home and kept them on as they were so comfy! Thankyou again
I thoroughly enjoyed this workshop. I am delighted with my clutch bag. The experience was totally delightful and I will be going to another one, once they are up and running again. I learnt so much from Tracey - an excellent teacher. Thank you.
I thoroughly enjoyed this craft workshop. Lovely relaxed atmosphere with participants being encouraged to choose their own materials and their own style for the apron. The emphasis was on what you intended to use the apron for rather than follow a pattern and turn out an item the same as everyone else's.
I know I learned up a few techniques that I will use again. In fact I suspect I will be booking this or a similar workshop again. I particularly enjoyed the stitching. Very satisfying!
Thank you for a thoroughly enjoyable day. Tracy has a wealth o knowledge and is a great teacher. Really pleased with my leather apron.
What a fantastic day and I’m so thrilled with my Leather Apron. The studio space is beautiful and the array of leather to choose from was brilliant. Tracy took time to demonstrate then was at hand while we were set loose to make. Tracy is an excellent teacher and it was wonderful see so much of her own beautiful work on display I am always interested in trying new ways to make and I think I may be hooked!
Thanks to Tracy for a thoroughly enjoyable experience! My sister bought me a half-day workshop as a Christmas present so I chose a clutch bag workshop. There were two of us on the day, plus Tracy. Her workshop is lovely and bright, in a converted dairy barn/shed and she'd emailed me the specific details a few days before so I could find the location easily. Tracy was really patient and broke down the task into manageable steps, meaning it wasn't as intimidating as I'd feared! The process itself was immensely satisfying and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed working with the different leathers. Tracy was also brilliant when I accidentally stabbed myself in the knuckle and bled all over her pristine floor - sorry Tracy! As well as coming away with a bespoke clutch bag in the leather of my choice, I got to personalise it by stamping my initials into the leather. Added to this was Tracy's homemade bara brith at tea break, which was very nearly as good as Mam's! This is a perfect gift for someone creative/practical, as well as for someone who maybe lacks confidence - it was such a buzz seeing the final product! I loved every minute. Thanks Tracy x
What a great day. Doesn't matter if you have never done anything like this before or got a few skills. By the end of this course you will come away so proud that you have made something yourself and learn some new skills. Tracy is a great teacher. I'd highly recommended the courses to anyone.
What a fantastic day!
Mandy Colbourne on Feb 27, 2020
Had a brilliant day learning all about leather and the stages of cutting, preparing, sewing, finishing etc and came home with a fabulous bag incorporating some of the goat skin from one of my own hides. Highly recommend. Tracy is a dedicated and enthusiastic teacher and happily shares her skills and knowledge. Will definitely be going again. Thank you.
A most enjoyable course and fun. Came home with a lovely belt everything provided even homemade cake. Great idea for birthdays or Christmas presents vouchers available something a little different. I really enjoyed it.
A great workshop run by Tracy, who has an abundance of knowledge and experience working with leather, and she took time to demonstrate and instruct to the group. I was really pleased with the bespoke apron I made, and will definitely book onto another course in the future.
Thanks Tracy! :)
What can I say, from the minute you walk into the delightful studio and inhale the delicious leathery smells you feel relaxed and right at home.
Tracy is very knowledgeable and an excellent teacher. The course is taught in a small group so you get as much help and support as you need.
All the materials and equipment are provided so there are no hidden extras once you arrive.
Top Tip: Take your purse and have a look at the discount rail whilst you’re there. Some real bargains can be found 😊
Excellent setting and teacher. I was a complete novice who had never stitched anything or made anything from leather and was thrilled to have designed and made a great functional apron. Great cake as well!:)
I had a lovely time on Tracy's course and having played around with small projects at home using leather offcuts, it was great be tutored by someone with experience so I could learn and apply the basics skills properly.
The courses are held in a beautifully restored barn and you receive an apron and your own little tool kit for the duration. Tracy was friendly, professional and practical, taking us through every step of the make with great patience. We enjoyed a warm drink and a chat afterwards which is always a nice part of working together. I highly recommend booking an experience with her.
I had a very enjoyable evening learning to do leatherwork with friends under Tracy's expert guidance. Everything needed was provided, and all explained brilliantly. I left feeling very accomplished and looking forward to doing more!
Highly recommended for learning a new craft, making useful items and also for spending a fun few hours with a group of friends.